From The Maritime Executive. Published April 17, 2016.

The U.S. Transportation and Infrastructure Sub-Committee met with the Coast Guard last week in the House of Representatives to discuss regulatory matters and the confusion surrounding the requirements for treating ballast water were debated.

Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) opened discussion at the meeting saying that the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed separate regulations under two different federal laws to govern ballast water discharges. Although the agencies have worked together to try to reach uniformity, the programs still differ in implementation dates, vessels covered, geographic reach, enforcement and penalties for noncompliance.

“The situation is ridiculous. It is completely unreasonable to ask vessel operators to comply with two federal standards and as many as 25 different, contradictory and unachievable state and tribal standards. I hope my colleagues will join me in looking at ways to rectifying this issue.”